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they barely escaped. abc's steve o san mommy tells us this may not be over. >> reporter: dozens of families here on their florida vacations were just dozing off sunday night when 100-foot sinkhole started to swallow their villa. with them and their belongings in it. >> i kept hearing the building cracking as i was going back and forth. i could see things falling from the ceiling. i watched the floor split open at the time. >> reporter: authorities and eyewitnesses outside orlando raced to the collapsing buildings, capturing this incredible video and screaming for residents to get out now. >> i know this may happen in florida, but i'm from atlanta. the grund has not been swept from under our feet. >> reporter: it looks like the ground opened up and ate this building. there's a stairwell there leading to nowhere. like a tornado came through and punched a hole in the ground. rusty and her family saw the floors buckling then tried to
escape, but the doors were stuck and wouldn't open. a couple with a baby had to break a window to get out. >> we started running out and throwing our stuff over the balcony. it was just crazy. >> reporter: florida is sinkhole central, here is why. much of the state sits on pour rouse limestone, covered in a thick layer of clay. over time, waters eats away at the stone and heavy rains push the clay into the rock. authorities say there aren't more sinkholes just more people to notice them. this is what the area has become today. >> we have a dry season and then the rains come on. about middle of june, about that time you see the sinkhole activity pick up. >> reporter: everyone got out of this building alive, but lost everything they left behind. and tonight, for the first time a father is speaking out about a man he thought was his friend. but that friend kidnapped his daughter and took her to the
remote idaho mountains. also accused of murdering other members of the family. abc's ryan owens on what this father said tonight. >> reporter: hanna anderson is finally back home in southern california tonight, after a harrowing week that ended with fbi agents shooting her accused kidnapper in the idaho backwoods. >> as for my daughter, the healing process will be slow. she has been through a tremendous, horrific ordeal. >> reporter: the 16-year-old found out the father is her only other member of her immediate family still alive. the sheriff says the teen had no idea the man accused of kid 23457ing her a week ago, 40-year-old james dimaggio killed her mother and brother. >> she was a victim in this case. she was not a willing participant. she was under extreme duress. >> reporter: tonight authorities reveal dimaggio shot at them before an fbi agent killed him
and rescued hannah. they say he went to great lengths to cover his tracks. police say hannah mayo her life to these four horse back riders who appeared on "gma" this morning. >> they were back country people in california. think didn't fit out in those idaho mountains. >> reporter: when they saw the amber alert, they called police. >> without you, who knows how long this would have gone on. >> reporter: a chance encounter that finally brought a young girl home. ryan owens, abc news, boise, idaho. and tonight, the verdict is in for the mobster, the master mind and the murderer who threatened the city of boston from the shadows for so many years. james "whitey" bulger was found guilty of 31 counts of murder and racketeering today. abc's gio benitez has the verdict and the families who thought this day would never come.
>> reporter: notorious "whitey" bulger unflinching as the verdict was read. justice a long time coming, especially for the families of the 11 people he killed. >> after 31 years, after lot of fbi coverups, deceits and lies we finally have somebody guilty in the murder of my father. >> reporter: "whitey" bulger could teach the devil tricks. as a kid growing up in tough, south boston, he got the nickname whitey for his thick blonde hair. he was arrested for the first time at 14. years later he could serve time at alcatraz for armed robberies. >> alcatraz was a huge part of his life. he maintained lot of relationships from people there. >> reporter: he became the feared and ruthless boss. boston what al capone was to chicago. what john god di was to new york. >> "whitey" bulger had the fbi in his pocket. >> reporter: in 1994, on a tip
from a corrupt fbi agent, bulger learned he would be indicted and went on the run for 16 years, climbing to the top of the fbi's ten most wanted list. with him for the ride -- >> have you seen this woman? >> his girlfriend, catherine greg. and the fbi enlisted the public to track her down. a tip led police to santa monica. >> they led this life of retirees walking the beach, taking care of stray cats. >> reporter: now bulger will likely live out the rest of his days behind bars. gio benitez, abc news, new york. and at one time or another, near worries about forgetfulness, memory loss what is serious and what is not. well, tonight, abc's linzie davis shows us a new test revealed today using famous faces to help make that distinction. >> reporter: take a guess, what's this person's name? recognize this person? now, what about this person makes them famous? turns out these faces may help predict if you'll develop dementia.
here's how it works -- researchers at northwestern medicine showed 20 celebrity faces one at a time. can you name him? right, if you said albert einstein that's two points. now why was he famous? think it through. if you said, "scientist," or even, "e=mc 2" then you get another two points. two groups took the test, and reliably, those with dementia clearly struggled for answers a lot more than those without. >> we're trying to better understand dementia and identify them earlier and earlier. if we think about heart disease, for example, we don't like to treat someone after they had a heart attack. we try to intervene earlier. >> reporter: dementia, a slow decline in overall mental ability and memory -- most commonly shows up as alzheimer's disease, which is steadily growing. by 2025, it's estimated more than 7 million will have it. by 2050, it's almost 14 million. diagnosing dementia early gives
doctors a head start and a familiar face like this one, just might provide a clue. linzie davis, abc news, new york. and next in the news tonight, gasoline prices and how much it costs to fill your tank. the average price of gas in america dropped to 3.56 for a gallon of regular. that's down 7 cents in one week. the prices also 16 cents lower than this time last year. and if you're planning a car trip, tonight something to give you second thoughts about taking your pet for a ride. a new crash test shows just how dangerous it is even if your dog is strapped in tight, abc's david kerley with the jarring results. >> reporter: there isn't a lot that makes a dog happier than lapping up the wind out a car window. more and more owners, though, worried about their pet safety are using restraints. but are they safe? look at this crash test dummy dog and how the restraint breaks
when the brakes are slammed on. >> lot of these are failing? >> lot of them are failing. >> reporter: for the last several months the center iii fete safety using a third party test lab to see thousand restraints on the market actually work. a dummy dog wearing several different versions. the research is being funded by the car company subaru. one half of its owners are also pet owners. >> my dog loves to sit in the backseat with the window down. the problem with these restraints say the pet safety center and subaru there are no safety standards. no minimums for performance in a car. >> if you're worried about a product you own, go to the maker's website and look for their test video. >> look for the video. you want to contact the manufacturer, find out what weight the product has been tested to and you want to try to find that that will allow the pet to stay on the seat for the entirety of the video. >> this video wrapping up. the results out this fall could change the debate and the standards for what is safe. david kerley, abc news,
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there was an emotional tribute to cory monteith last night. of course he is the young tv star who sang those innocent songs on "glee" while battling a heroin addiction. the tribute came from his girlfriend and costar, lea michele. her words reached right into a lot of families grappling with addiction. >> reporter: it was her first televised appearance since her "glee" costar and real life boyfriend cory monteith was found dead of an overdose last might month. as she took to the stage at last night's teen choice awards, she fought back teers. >> for all of you out there who loved and admired cory as much as i did, i promise that with your love, we're going to get through this together. >> reporter: monteith was just 31, a life cut short by a deadly mix of heroin and alcohol. ♪ i just can't stop loving you
♪ i just can't stop loving you >> reporter: the star's struggle was public. he started using around age 12 and did two stints in rehab. >> this is the most repreventable cause of death. >> addiction special lists say friends and family can make all the difference. starting a conversation may just save a life. here are some tips. gather evidence of drug use and anticipate denials. when people are high, they're less likely to understand and more likely to be angry. list the behaviors you've witnessed. and if you're staging an intervention, bring a doctor or an addiction specialist. have the talk when the person is clear headed and sober. the addict is more likely to be remorseful and preflektive when they remember. >> could these deaths have been prevented. >> you can't lay on the responsibility on the loved ones. ultimately it's still the patient's responsibility to get health. ♪
>> he became a part of all of our hearts and that's where he'll stay forever. thank you guys so much. thank you. >> reporter: cecelia vega, abc news, los angeles. and when we come back, you'll meet one of the newest power ball millionaires and hear the surprising gifts she wants to give her husband. [ female announcer ] arms were made for hugging.
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we begin our "instant index" this monday night with late news for paula deen. she caught a break from the judge today. the judge threw out a racial discrimination charge in one lawsuit against her. the celebrity chef lost her show on the food network you'll remember as a result of a deposition. tonight, some people who do not have to be told to smile in their photo. here they are. the new jersey maintenance workers who won $3.5 million each in the power ball jackpot. only one of them has spoken, susan nickel. who says she is still in the clouds and will use her winners to give her husband of 45 years something he deserves. >> i want my husband to retire. i'm not. but i want him to. he's worked a long time. not old, but worked a long time. >> nice woman. also tonight, a lot of people are sending around a kind of music video. did you see it? one of the tiniest elvis fans every, baby alamay.
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>> reporter: stay tuned. this is a miracle worth waiting to see. a prayer that began on the day a family was chased from their village by vigilantes. setting fires. their 5-year-old daughter vanished in the chaos. one of so many desperate stories in the conflict in darfor. >> i feel so bad i can't save my daughter. >> reporter: her dad and mother feared she had died. would she have looked like their daughter, all grown up? or maybe like this other daughter? they had no idea. miles away, mona looked like this. the resilient little girl had survived. scooped up in the fields by a neighbor and eventually reunited with relatives. >> i just think about what happened. sometimes i cry. >> reporter: a brieg girl who believed she was an orpman. until an american organization
called refuge point helped the family resettle in st. louis. then came an amazing phone call. telling them their precious daughter was alive. and so after nine years of separation, an arrival gate in america, pure joy. >> christie maynard who heard their story stepped in to help the family. she took mona on a shopping trip on her first day in america. >> yeah, that's good. >> it's so overwhelming. it just makes me feel complete. >> reporter: and mona already has a big american de a doctor. like for women who are pregnant. and small kids. >> reporter: a story that reminds us sometimes god smiles.
and those who are have lived through dark days in africa can find light in a country founded on hope. >> to be in america, eve ism elf i. i it blessing come true. >> reporter: bob woodruff, abc news, new york. and you can find out more about the organization that helped them reunit, called refuge point. and we'll tell you about it on our website. thanks for watching tonight. we're always working for you at abcnews.com. "nightline" later. i'll see you right back here tomorrow. good night. bring your dog to work day. not our best idea.
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